Mulching with fern

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Mulching with fern
« on: August 20, 2014, 20:09 »
Hi , I know this is not the time of year to do it, but like most allotmenteers, I often stop for a brew , and a ponder!
Although I am an experienced plot holder , I have taken over a new allotment, by the side of an abundant supply of fern and bracken.
So , my question is , does any one know if this would this be suitable to use as a mulch, particularly in the fruit cage-- gooseberries/blackcurrants/raspberries/cherries/plums- my plan is for next spring.
My main concerns are if this would affect either the soil in any way, or fruit production- any thoughts, help or advice will be much appreciated.

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Goosegirl

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Re: Mulching with fern
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014, 11:36 »
Personally, I woudn't because the leaves will have spores on that will form new plants, plus you particularly don't want bracken in your plot.
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Re: Mulching with fern
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 10:11 »
Bracken has been in the news quite often in the past few years, firstly because changing farming practices have led to it growing rampantly in areas where it used to be more or less under control, and also because of increasing concern about the carcinogens it contains, which are possibly leaching into some water supplies. One to avoid!
« Last Edit: August 22, 2014, 10:32 by JayG »
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